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Auto Injury?
Pain is not the only symptom

Pain is not the only symptom of an auto injury.  Free Consultation.

An injury may occur at speeds less than 5 mph

It's hard to believe that at such slow speeds your body can become injured, but researchers recently conducted low speed rear impact tests and concluded that 29% of people developed symptoms related to whiplash at speeds of just 2.5 mph. It has been shown that a 10 mph rear end collision can produce up to 9 G's of force in your neck!

Keep in mind, the speed of the collision does not correlate to the degree of injury your body may sustain.





It is likely that you will feel
pain in your muscles.
This is called referred pain.

Auto Injury? Pain isn't the only symptom. Come in for a free injury consultation


According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVA's) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. This is an impressive number given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 12 million MVA's annually involving more than 20 million vehicles.

What to do After a Car Accident

If you have recently been in a car accident it is important to act quickly. Even if you do not feel pain or report an injury after your accident, chances are that you do have some type of soft tissue injury which may take days or weeks to feel.

It is recommended to make an appointment for a simple consultation and exam just to make sure that you do not have any ‘hidden’ injuries. During your assessment Dr. Green will determine what type of injuries you may have sustained, usually through a series of range of motion tests and X-rays.

On your first visit, we will determine:

  • The extent of the injury or injuries
  • The number of estimated treatments required for the injuries
  • If referral to another medical specialist is required
  • If special tests are required (i.e. MRI, CT Scan, etc.)
  • If you need to take "injury time off" from work. If time off is recommended, we will provide you with a note to give to your employer.
  • Whether obtaining legal representation may be in your best interest, and if so recommend some excellent attorneys.

What are the Best Treatment Options for Recovery?

There are multiple treatment options available for whiplash, traumatic brain injuries and soft tissue damage, but the best approach to recovery often utilizes a combination of rehabilitative therapies, such as:

Why Chiropractic Care?

Injuries commonly sustained from auto accidents are usually soft tissue injuries, which are typically spine related (such as disc or ligament damage). These painful conditions often either involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction.

Doctors of chiropractic are educated with a heavy emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. As such, they have had extensive training in human anatomy, physiology and nerve pathways.

Treatments can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of the injuries, and involve a hands-on approach to care. Typically, the doctor and therapists use their hands to manipulate the joints or massage the injured muscles in order to restore function. This also helps inflammation, which reduces pain.

The reason that so many people turn to chiropractic care is because it is an alternative form of treatment that manipulates the spine and neck to improve the condition as minimally invasive as possible.


Free Injury Consultation and 30 Minute Massage

*Consultation with a doctor about your accident is required prior to receiving complimentary massage. Expires 30 days after dated accident report.





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Did You Know...

  • Not feeling any pain isn't a guarantee that you're not injured.
    Injuries can be delayed several days or weeks before they cause pain.

  • Whiplash injury is one of the leading causes of disability and loss of productive years of life because it affect so many people early in life.

  • In the logest study ever performed on whiplash injured patients (a study looking at the health status 17 years after the injury), 55% of the patients still suffer from pain caused by the orginal trauman/accident. (Accident Analysis & Prevention. 2002)

  • 55% of persons with chronic neck pain attribute the pain to a past auto injury.

  • Disc herniation or ligament injury of the spine may exist in addition to the soft tissue injury.

  • Whiplash injuries not only increase the incidence of chronic neck and shoulder pain, it also significantly increases the incidence of other systemic ill health effects. In other words...whiplash injuries cause more than neck pain and headaches, it hurts the health of the entire body. (Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2001).

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and car accidents are one of the leading causes of TBIs. -230,000 people are hospitalized and survive, and an estimated 80,000-90,000 people experience the onset of long-term disability as a result -- currently,
    over 5.3 million people are living with disabilities resulting from a TBI.

  • Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for more than 40% of new spinal cord injuries each year. A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae.

  • Automobile accidents often supply the sudden traumatic blow. The resulting damage affects ligaments in the neck or back which is the primary source of pain.





Did You Know Source(s): Spine Research Institute,





What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is not a disease but a description of how an injury occurred. The spine, usually the head and neck, was unexpectedly thrown very quickly in one direction and then rebounded in the opposite direction. The head was "whipped around" on the neck usually front to back, but it can also happen from a side-to-side motion of the neck.

Common Injuries and Symptoms Associated with Auto Injuries


Whiplash Injury

Whiplash is the most common traffic injury, leads to neck pain, headache and other symptoms, resulting in short or long-term disability.

Whiplash is an injury to muscles and ligaments of the neck. It is characterized by a collection of sysmptoms caused by a rapid movement of the head backward, forward or side to side. The disorder commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, neck muscles, and nerve roots.  In a whiplash injury, the supportive soft tissues in your neck are often over-stretched and spinal joints will become misaligned structures.

Whiplash injuries have been extensively studied and researched years; there are thousands of scientific studies describing every aspect of injuries, vehicle dynamics, short term affects, and long term consequences.

Common Symptoms:

  • Neck Pain
  • Headache
  • Back Pain
  • Extremity pain/weakness
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Dizziness/light-headedness
  • Facial pain and jaw related symptoms (clicking; closed lock; etc.)
  • Auditory symptoms (phonophobia; tinnitus; loss of hearing)
  • Vertigo
  • Ocular dysfunction (blurred vision; photophobia)
  • Dysphagia/hoarseness

Numerous studies have provided a clear understanding of injury symptoms as listed above. Auto collisions cause injury to the spine, which has long term consequences that will lead to degenerative changes within two years.


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Consussion

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Traumatic Brain Injury can cause any of a number of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. Of course, not every patient will have all of these symptoms, and some patients will have symptoms not listed here.

However, common physical symptoms can include:

  • seizures of all types
  • muscle spasticity
  • double vision, blurred vision or low vision, even blindness
  • loss of smell or taste
  • speech impairments such as slow or slurred speech
  • headaches or migraines
  • fatigue, increased need for sleep, and
  • balance problems.

Cognitive symptoms can include:

  • short-term memory loss, long-term memory loss
  • slowed ability to process information
  • trouble concentrating or paying attention for periods of time
  • difficulty keeping up with a conversation, and other communication difficulties such as word finding problems
  • spatial disorientation
  • organizational problems and impaired judgment
  • inability to do more than one thing at a time, and
  • a lack of initiating activities, or once started, difficulty in completing tasks without reminder.

Emotional symptoms of a TBI can include:

  • increased anxiety
  • depression and mood swings
  • impulsive behavior
  • more easily agitated, and
  • egocentric behaviors, difficulty seeing how behaviors can affect others.

If you have any of these symptoms after a whiplash injury, especially if they persist for more than a few days, you should be evaluated to see if you have a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries of any kind may result in one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Loss of movement or of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
  • Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs


What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is not a disease but a description of how an injury occurred. The spine, usually the head and neck, was unexpectedly thrown very quickly in one direction and then rebounded in the opposite direction. The head was "whipped around" on the neck usually front to back, but it can also happen from a side-to-side motion of the neck.


How Do Injuries Occur?

Frontal crashes

In frontal crashes, drivers and passengers can be injured by striking some part of the car's interior, from other objects or vehicles, or from their seat belt/shoulder harness or airbag. Frontal crashes at lower to moderate speeds are highly survivable, however, when restraints are not worn, the results of a crash are predicted by Newton's first law of motion. An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. So, in a 25 mph collision, when your car strikes an immovable object and stops, your body will continue forward at 25 mph until it is acted upon by your car's interior parts.

Seatbelt and shoulder harness webbing are designed to hold you safely in your seat and away from steering wheels, dashboards, and windshields. And, under significant loading, they will stretch a small amount, allowing additional ride down. In spite of this, however, even in low speed crashes, whiplash-type injuries do occur in frontal crashes, largely as a result of the forward momentum of the head which results in an acute bending moment and shear in the lower cervical spine. So, while more serious injury and death may be prevented, whiplash is still a possibility.

Side impact crashes

Side impact collisions are particularly dangerous because the driver or passenger has little in the way of structural protection in the event of a near-side impact. Seat backs, shoulder harnesses, and head restraints offer little protection in these crashes. Side airbags, which may be mounted in the B-pillar, overhead, or the seat back itself, provide some measure of protection in side impact crashes. In more severe crashes, the primary risk is to thoracic and abdominal viscera (internal body cavity), as well as to the head. In lower severity crashes, lower back injuries are common, as are neck injuries. Lower back injuries are more common because the subject's body mass and lap belt anchor the pelvis as the torso flexes laterally resulting in shear and bending moments in the lumbosacral disc and facet region.

Rear impact crashes

Upon impact, the target vehicle begins to move forward into the occupant, making contact through the seat back. As the seat back continues to move forward, the occupant must stop. Initially, the thoracic curve is flattened by the seat back. This results in a vertical compressive force which is transmitted through the spine. As the vertical force extends upwards into the neck it initiates flexion of the upper cervical motion segments and hyperextension of the lower segments. Compression then quickly gives way to tension as the upward moving head and now downward moving torso attempt to disengage. Also, as the torso moves forward with respect to the head, significant amounts of horizontal shear force occur in the neck roughly parallel to the facet joint line. As this is initiated under conditions of compression, the overall stiffness of the neck may be diminished as a result of ligamentous slack.
As the torso continues to move forward, the neck begins to pull the head along with it. This has the effect of further flexing the upper cervical spine and hyperextending the lower cervical spine (primarily the C5-6 segments) and the spine assumes an S-shaped configuration The head also is induced to extend along with the neck as the head takes up the backset distance during the head lag phase.

Any stored energy in the seat back from its deflection (usually about 5-15 degrees) will be released as the occupant begins to move forward into the re-entry phase. This effectively increases the torso and head speed (overspeed) over that of the torso.

Depending on the initial position of the occupant with respect to safety harnesses, the lap and shoulder portions will eventually restrain the forward moving torso which will effectively aggravate the neck's bending moment since the forward moving head's inertia again is behaving in accordance with Newton's 1st law of motion-this time in the forward (x) direction with some angular momentum and acceleration.

It is likely that in many instances injury occurs in the initial phase as a result of head lag, compression/tension, and shear effects along joint lines. Lower cervical hyperextension during the S-shaped phase is also likely to be associated with injury. Global hyperextension of the neck can occur, depending on head restraint geometry, but we and other researchers have produced injuries in volunteers well within the normal physiological range of motion of the neck. It is also possible that further injury can occur during the forward phase, and this is somewhat more likely in females (and small males) because of their lower inertia and higher resulting acceleration. It should be pointed out that second collisions may also aggravate this second phase by imposing additional decelerative effects and accentuating neck bending moments and shear forces.





Dr Brian Green - Greenwood, IN
Dr. Brian Green

Choose an Injury Doctor With Experience

Dr. Green is one of the only chiropractors in the State of Indiana who is certified in Colossus, the software used specifically by auto insurance adjustors to value injury claims. He understands how to correctly diagnose and document auto injuries so that you recieve the medical attention you need to recover.

Dr. Green is certified in whiplash and brain traumatology; is an expert witness for auto accidents, as well as an accident reconstructionist. He has experience treating severe whiplash injuries, concussions, and many other musculo-skeletal injuries caused by auto injuries.




*Consultation with a doctor about your accident is required prior to receiving complimentary massage. Expires 30 days after dated accident report.

Call for a FREE Injury Consultation.


For your first visit you will need to bring:

  • Your accident report
  • Personal Injury lawyers contact information. (If you do not have a PI Lawyer representing you, Dr. Green will be able to refer a lawyer who may be able to represent you.)
  • Auto medical pay information, including all insurance adjustors information.
  • Any MRI's or Xrays taken after your accident.
  • All doctors and/or facilities that have treated you after your accident, or for
    any condition caused by your accident.

We will work with your auto med pay, PI attorney and/or your claims adjustor in order to assist you with paying your medical bills.


Your First Visit will Consist of:

  • Initial Consultation

  • Examination
    During your initial exam, Dr. Green will check your vital signs (blood pressure/pulse/respiration), messure your neck and back range of motion, and perform a orthopedic/neurological evaluation. These tests will allow him to properly evaluate your condition. He may also examine and document any other injury caused by your accident.

  • X-Rays
    Dr. Green will review your films in x-rays to determine any issues with your spine, hips, neck, extremities (knees, hands, etc.), which may be the cause of your pain or discomfort. You wil be able to see your x-rays; Dr. Green will show you any misalignments, whiplash injuries, bone spurs, disc dengeneration or other disc diseases, etc.

    (If you have X-Rays taken within the past 6 months, or MRI reports please bring them with you).

  • Report of Finding
    Once Dr. Green has reviewed you history, symptoms and x-rays, he will go over a suggested treatment plan.

  • Treatment
  • Most patients are treated the 1st day.

    Treatment plans may consist of:

Auto Injury Cases/Payment

In most cases auto medical pay from your policy or from the 3rd party (the person who hit you) pays your medical bills including:

  • chiropractic care
  • massage therapy
  • spinal decompression
  • physical therpay
  • x-rays
  • exams
  • any other care you need to recover

If you or the other party does not have auto medical pay and you have been hurt in an auto, you will need to retain a personal injury attorney to represent you (Dr. Green can recommend an attorney based upon your injuries). The attorney will work with you and us to get all of your care paid for – now and in the future.

Do not wait until it is too late to get your injuries documented. There is a time limit. Please call for more information.




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